Microsoft Surface 2 with 4G LTE now up for pre-order in the UK, ships on May 8
Apr10

Microsoft Surface 2 with 4G LTE now up for pre-order in the UK, ships on May 8

After having gone on sale in the US first last month, the Microsoft Surface 2 with LTE support is preparing to land in the UK. The tablet, which was only officially announced one day before its release in the US, can now be pre-ordered in the UK. If you’re interested in getting one, you can do what’s necessary over at Microsoft’s own online store for the UK. The price you’ll need to pay to receive a Surface 2...

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Microsoft Surface 2 with LTE announced, arrives tomorrow
Mar17

Microsoft Surface 2 with LTE announced, arrives tomorrow

A few days ago the Microsoft Surface 2 with LTE started arriving in warehouses, so its launch seemed rather imminent. And so it was, since today the company has decided to officially announce this new version of the tablet that originally got unveiled last September. The Surface 2 with LTE will apparently only work with AT&T’s high-speed network, and you’ll be able to share your connection with other devices via Wi-Fi....

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Microsoft Surface 2 with 4G LTE gets priced, arrives in warehouses
Mar12

Microsoft Surface 2 with 4G LTE gets priced, arrives in warehouses

Microsoft launched its Surface 2 tablet in September of last year, but so far it’s only been available in a Wi-Fi-only flavor. If you’ve been meaning to get one, but decided to wait for a version that’s capable of 4G LTE connectivity, the wait could be almost over for you. That’s because such devices have already been spotted in store warehouses, although they aren’t on sale just yet. Furthermore, we can...

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Microsoft confirms it pays OEMs to promote Windows Phone, calls rumored $2.6B number “complete fiction”
Jan16

Microsoft confirms it pays OEMs to promote Windows Phone, calls rumored $2.6B number “complete fiction”

Yesterday we told you about Eldar Murtazin’s claims that Microsoft will pay $2.6 billion to OEM partners to make and promote Windows phones. Today Microsoft’s communications lead Frank X. Shaw responded to Eldar’s info with a tweet: As you can see, Mr. Shaw vehemently disputes Murtazin’s numbers. However, he seems to confirm that at least some money will change hands between OEM partners and Microsoft to promote Windows Phone. I...

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Microsoft may pay $2.6 billion to Samsung, Huawei, Sony, others to make Windows Phones (Update: MSFT response)
Jan15

Microsoft may pay $2.6 billion to Samsung, Huawei, Sony, others to make Windows Phones (Update: MSFT response)

Update: Microsoft’s communications lead Frank X. Shaw responded to the numbers provided in this post. Scroll down to the bottom to check it out. When Microsoft persuaded Nokia to go Windows Phone, one of key reasons for the  switch was the $1 billion a year in “platform support” payments Ballmer offered to Finns. While the partnership had a very rocky start, by the end of 2013 we could call it a moderate success. At least for...

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Microsoft Surface Mini may have Kinect like somatosensory tech, Intel Bay Trail CPU and 8” 1080p display
Dec17

Microsoft Surface Mini may have Kinect like somatosensory tech, Intel Bay Trail CPU and 8” 1080p display

The smaller Microsoft Surface Mini tablet has been rumored for months. First we expected it to show up together with the second generation Surfaces.  Then learned that Mini has been pushed to spring 2014, because Microsoft had to pull tablet team members to finish the new XBox for Holiday Season launch. And now we may know why Microsoft had to transfer people from Surface Mini to do the XBox stuff. According to WP Dang, a Chinese...

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Microsoft: smart watches/glasses 3-5 years away from mainstream. Google preps Glass 2&smartwatch launch
Oct29

Microsoft: smart watches/glasses 3-5 years away from mainstream. Google preps Glass 2&smartwatch launch

Microsoft has been notorious for missing some major computing trends over the last decade, then spending years and billions of dollars trying to catch up. Usually without much success. And, if wearable computing in the form of smart watches and glasses takes off in a year or two, they may do it again. Because at least some of Microsoft execs are pretty skeptical about the hype surrounding Google Glass and various smart watch efforts....

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Original Microsoft Surface Pro has its price cut a further $100, down to $699
Oct24

Original Microsoft Surface Pro has its price cut a further $100, down to $699

Back in August, Microsoft decided to slash $100 off of the price of the first-generation Surface Pro tablet. That made this device’s pricing barely more palatable, but today there’s some even better news if for some reason you may be interested in grabbing one. As the Surface Pro 2 has been available for a couple of days now, Microsoft probably needs to clear out its remaining stock of the older version of the tablet. And...

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Windows Phone 8 GDR3 officially presented, updates coming in the next few weeks
Oct14

Windows Phone 8 GDR3 officially presented, updates coming in the next few weeks

Microsoft has taken the wraps off of Windows Phone 8 Update 3 – also known as WP8 GDR3. As you may have heard already, the new version of the OS comes with two major improvements: support for Full HD (1920 x 1080) displays, and support for quad-core processors (including Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800). Of course, this means that now Nokia can announce its Lumia 1520 phablet – and it will almost certainly do it next week, on October 22....

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Microsoft asked Samsung and Huawei for Windows on Android devices too. Dual-boot Galaxy Tab in the works
Oct07

Microsoft asked Samsung and Huawei for Windows on Android devices too. Dual-boot Galaxy Tab in the works

When I first heard that Microsoft was talking to HTC about loading Windows Phone on Android devices, it sounded crazy and desperate. But it is actually happening. Microsoft is really that desperate to do something, anything to create at least an illusion growth of Windows on mobile devices. Furthermore, HTC is not the only vendor Microsoft went to with the offer. They are asking Samsung and Huawei the same thing too. And are offering...

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